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Labor Rights and Enforcement: Pennsylvania

Labor Rights and Enforcement requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: James S. Urban, Jones Day


  • Pennsylvania has a private sector labor relations statute, known as the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act (PLRA), but the PLRA only covers private sector employers that are not covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), limiting its application to only smaller businesses. See Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act.
  • The PLRA prohibits unfair labor practices that may chill employees in the exercise of their rights. See Unfair Labor Practices Under the PLRA.
  • The PLRA is administered by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. See The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
  • Pennsylvania has a labor relations anti-injunction statute that protects employees' right to picket peacefully during a labor dispute. See Pennsylvania's Labor Anti-Injunction Act.